|Recent Students: 25||Total Hours: 1240||Last Online: 05 Feb 2023|
|All-time Students: 56||Total Classes: 1078||Signed Up: 07 Jun 2020|
I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Earth Sciences from University of Glasgow, and an MSc (with distinction) degree in Hydrogeology from University of Birmingham. I completed my PhD in Environmental Geochemistry, where I researched how Fe-bearing minerals help clean up pollutants in the subsurface. During my PhD I taught both undergraduate and masters students fundamental chemistry, physics, and maths to get them caught up to an appropriate level for Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Outside work, I enjoy cooking and baking (my family keep telling me to apply to Bake Off but I'd rather not), music, hill-walking around Lancashire, and playing the occasional game on sale on Steam. I also have a cat called Max, he likes to play/bite my hand.
I have been tutoring online since 2020, and have spent a lot of time developing resources to help students improve their science understanding, as well as constantly reflecting on strategies to make an enjoyable learning environment. Specifically I have spent a lot of time helping Cambridge/CIE (Chemistry 0620/0971, Physics 0625/0972, Co-ordinated Science 0654) and Edexcel IGCSE students in physics and chemistry, as well as tutoring UK students taking GCSEs. I am also keen to help students who study Environmental Science, Geology, and Geography
I believe it is my job to get you where you want to be, and hopefully by the end of each lesson you will come away feeling like you have an improved understanding of something you were struggling with, or perhaps even learnt something new by getting a head start in topics you've yet to cover in school. Whatever your needs are, I try and tailor my lessons to best suit you!
I am happy to tutor on the following subjects:
GCSE/IGCSE: Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Double Award Science (Edexcel IGCSE Double Award, CIE IGCSE Co-ordinated, AQA Triology), Geography
A Level: Environmental Science, Chemistry, Environmental Management, Geography
If you are currently an undergradute/masters level student studying Earth Science/Geology/Environmental Science, I can help with the following subjects:
- "catch-up" fundamental chemistry and maths skills
- geochemistry (aquatic chemistry/inorganic geochemistry)
- hydrogeology (physical and chemical hydrogeology)
- environmental geoscience (contaminants, water resources)
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James explained very clearly and helped me to confirm my understanding.
James is always available for any doubt. He has tought my son very well and he got an A in his AS last year. We are very grateful.
James is a great teacher, second year with my daughter now .. he is devoted and understanding .. he helped us a lot
Very good and I enjoyed the learning, as it was made fun and accessible. Would definitely recommend !!
Sir is really patient and explains thoroughly every time necessary, I tried another tutor before and they didn't make me feel confident in my knowledge, but in these lessons, I have never felt dumb or infantilised by not knowing something. Overall has been a great year, I began year 11 with an E and I'm confident I will get an A in my exams due to these lessons. Highly recommend.
Amazing physics and chemistry teacher. Explains easily and clearly what other classes were not able to do for me . Highly recommend for physics and chemistry . Thankyou very much mr James
"Hi James! You wouldn't believe what I got in chemistry... A NINE! It is crazy how I went from a 4 to a freaking 9! Thank you so so so much :) I hope you had a great summer and thank you again" Katie is from the USA and was studying the Edexcel International GCSE chemistry specification. She went from working at a grade 4/5 initially and after several months of tutorials she gained a grade 9.
"James is a great tutor who I found for my daughter Freya who had been homeschooled and self taught for the last 3 years, to initially tutor Chemistry. Freya enjoyed his lessons so much and found James such a great help that he ended up tutoring her for Biology, Physics and Maths. Freya found James's teaching style perfect for her and his understanding of her needs helped to calm her nerves. He focused on exam preparation and she became more confident and as a result Freya achieved a Level 6 for Maths and two Level 7's for Science. I am very thankful to James and we are going to continue with his services for A Level Environmental Science for Freya. I would highly recommend James as a tutor." - Andrew, parent of Freya
Alice (CIE IGCSE Physics) - Alice moved country at the start of year 11, and as such had missed large parts of the CIE IGCSE Physics specification, and was working at a grade E. Alice had 2 lessons a week, and after 13 weeks felt confident with her physics, and wanted to get an A for her physics. Alice received an A* grade for her IGCSE physics exam, and will be continuing with her physics studies for A level.
"Hi Dr James, we got our results back today and I got the maximum grade I could get for physics, thanks so much! I kinda wish I had studied extended now, but at least I have the grades now to move on to the next stage of my life. Thanks again, without your help I would never have passed" Thomas is from South America and studied Cambridge IGCSE Physics (Core).
"Hi James, I found out my results today and I got a grade A in physics, I couldn't believe it was my 2nd highest exam mark! Thanks again for your help, as without it I would not have been able to get such a high mark. I'll definitely be recommending you to people in the year below if they are struggling with physics or chemistry" Juan is from South America and studied Cambridge IGCSE Physics (Extended).
"Hi James……this is Abaantika (parent of Aashika). I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping Aashika reach this level of confidence within the short amount of time you have had with her. Aashika was so pleased with her mocks and the progress that she has made in Physics and Chemistry……even her teachers were pleasantly surprised…….Aashika never thought it was possible. So many thanks indeed and hope that you will continue to help her achieve even better results in her finals…..have a great weekend 🙏🙏💖💐" Aashika studied the Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Science specification which awards her two IGCSEs. She gained two grade A's in her final exams, after initially working around a C/D level.
"If he wouldn't had found you, he wouldn't have achieved such good marks" - Elisa, parent of José José is from Spain and gained two grade 9's in his Cambridge IGCSE Physics and Chemistry (both extended). He is currently studying Cambridge International A Level Chemistry, which I am also helping him with.
BSc (with Honours, 2:1) Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2013
MSc (with Distinction) Hydrogeology, University of Birmingham, 2015
PhD Environmental Geochemistry, Newcastle University, pass 2021
National Tutoring Programme (UK) School-Led Tutor Endorsement - this was a CPD course on delivering successful tuition in schools, 2022